Death – Obituary
Jimmy Bullard 8/25/1958 – 12/22/2021 After listening to Johnny Cash sing Amazing Grace, our brother Jimmy left us on December 22, 2021. He was 62 years old. Jimmy was born and lived in Akron, OH, attending school in Doylestown. Several years ago, he moved to Elizabethton, TN where he put down roots and made a home for himself. After arriving, he made the acquaintance of his special lady, Judy, who gave him more joy and happiness in these last years than anyone ever before. They shared a love of North Carolina beaches and light houses, old cars, and life’s simple pleasures. Judy also shared her love of cats with Jimmy, becoming a ‘closet cat man’ who sponsored cats at the Humane Society and donated food at the local chapters of Elizabethton and Johnson City. Those who’ve known Jimmy the longest continually celebrated his ability to leave his demons behind and literally start over. Once he got his CDL license, off he went. And he never looked back – he always said that was his dream job and he was able to enjoy driving for many years. At the time of his death, Jimmy was driving for Danny Herman Trucking. The family thanks his friend, and dispatcher William Branch for his support during these last few weeks and his friendship with Jimmy. We will miss his pictures from the road. Jimmy was pre-deceased by his mother, Janice Otto, his father and stepmother, Bob and Joyce Bullard; grandparents Julian and Ethel Bullard and Gwillym and Ethel Jones, as well his uncles Bob Jones, Junior Bullard, Terry Bullard and Gene Bullard. He leaves behind his girlfriend, Judy Baird, siblings Steve Bullard (Vickie), Kris Mikolajczyk (Annette), Denise Ahern (John) Bobbie Joan Bullard, sister-in-law Lorraine Bullard, uncles and aunts Tom & Pat Jones, Jerry & Karen Jones, Charles Atwood and cousin Terry Atwood. He also leaves his nieces and nephews Morgan Bullard, Joshua Shoaff, Hayley Bullard, Ashlie Cramer, Liam Ahern, Aidan Ahern, many great-nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins he kept in contact with all over the United States. Jimmy quietly paid it forward, picking up a military member’s or police officer’s dinner check. And along his truck runs, befriending and helping those less fortunate. Jimmy has been cremated and he will be laid to rest with his father in Tennessee. There will be no services. The family suggests if you care to remember him in other ways, a donation to the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society (for the cats!). Or as he did, pay it forward. Life is ShortEnjoy the Ride.
Posted online on December 28, 2021
Published in Akron Beacon Journal
What Is An Obituary
In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”
In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.